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FIELD TRIPS & EDUCATION

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES & FIELD TRIPS

The Vermont Rail System is committed to bettering Vermont’s Youth by providing opportunities for both children and adults to be hands-on with trains and train safety. Below you will find a list of these educational opportunities. Just contact us for more information!

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FALL FOLIAGE FIELD TRIPS

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Our Fall Foliage excursions operate out of Chester, Vermont from September 20th to October 20th every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday. We provide historical narrations on board every train with information about our railroad and its history, the towns that we roll by, fall foliage, Vermont facts and more. We provide activity sheets for kids and a booklet with our story for the adults. With beautiful views through the Green Mountains.
  • On Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday, the train departs at 10:00 am and returns at 12:30 pm.
  • On Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday, we offer a second trip departing at 2:00 pm that returns at 4:30 pm.
  • School Pricing: Children of all ages/$15.00, Chaperones ride free (One adult/every five children)

BURLINGTON FREIGHT YARD TOUR 

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We offer free tours of our freight yard in Burlington all year round (based on railroad personnel availability and weather). We will walk you around the freight yard to see our “Burlington Switcher” operate in the yard, gather around our turntable, visit the roundhouse and more. We will customize each tour based on age appropriation. You will learn about our history, basic railroad terminology & functions, the importance of the rail industry and how it affects Vermont’s economy, how to be safe around trains, and more. Please contact us below to arrange your tour!